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Stories From The Stoop: Congressman Elijah Cummings

Jan 17, 2020

Credit Stoop Storytelling Series

Here is a Stoop Story from the late Elijah Cummings, who represented Maryland’s 7th District for two decades. His 69th birthday would have been Saturday. You can hear more stories at

The summer after the protests at Riverside Park Pool in 1962, hundreds of people were arrested protesting segregation at Gwynn Oak Amusement Park, with its playgrounds and merry-go-round. Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan have written a children’s book about that struggle. It’s called "A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story", with illustrations by Floyd Cooper.

Nathan and Langley will be discussing the book at several events this weekend--tomorrow at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum at 9 am and elsewhere … Sunday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland … and Monday back at the Lewis Museum, where a videographer will also record people’s memories of the Gwynn Oaks Park protests and desegregation.

On Monday, you can catch the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade starting at noon. Spectators are welcome to view the parade along the route on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard between Eutaw Street and Baltimore Street.